The Festive season is known for many things; time off work; the giving and receiving of gifts; spending time with loved ones and, somewhat less joyfully, an increase in car crime.
Cars left with valuable presents inside and cars left unattended while owners are out celebrating are prime targets for criminals. At this time of year vehicle owners are distracted from things like vehicle security and unfortunately thieves seeking to take advantage of security lapses may not share in seasonal goodwill.
Police urge motorists to lock up their vehicles and ensure they have removed all valuables when from them when leaving the car unattended over the festive period. Incidence of theft from cars and vans increases at this time of year.
Andrew Goulborn, Commercial Director for car insurance comparison
site Tiger.co.uk, commented, “Drivers should be particularly vigilant at this high risk time. Making sure that drivers have the right motor insurance arranged can provide peace of mind against risk of theft, but drivers also need to make sure that they have the right level of cover. There are few simple preventative measures that we have come up with to remind people to be careful:
- When leaving a car unattended, make sure that you remove all your valuables from the car including sat navs, mobile phones and laptops. Leave the glove compartment empty and open if possible.
- Do not leave anything on show in your vehicle, particularly any Christmas gifts.
- If you do not have them fitted, get an immobiliser or alarm put in the vehicle and make sure they are set up properly.
- If you do not have either an immobiliser or an alarm, consider putting them on your Christmas list!
- Take care when picking where you park your vehicle. Try to avoid poorly-lit and quiet areas – try to find an area that is covered by CCTV cameras.
- When looking to buy insurance make sure you compare car insurance in detail by looking at the details to make sure you are adequately covered. Motorists often assume that theft from vehicles will be covered, but not all insurance providers cover vehicle contents as part of a standard policy.
Making sure that you pay attention to things like this can help to avoid having to make motor insurance claims this Christmas and New Year.”